I am 11 days out from my TT and Lipo and extremely...
I am 11 days out from my TT and Lipo and extremely happy. I am amazed by the results in such a short time. Even with the swelling I am completely happy. I had lost 60 pounds and had horrible hanging skin..had to go!
I have an excellent surgeon so was not nervous going in; only excited. The entire experience has been amazing. I have to say that the first four days after surgery was the worst. The pain was pretty high but some of that was due to gas being trapped in my abdomen. I highly recommend taking some MOM the day after surgery. Trust me you do not want to get constipated. My back is pretty sore from being hunched over for so long but that is also getting better. Slow but sure. The tight feeling from the muscle repair and pulling the skin down does still bother me. It is just an extremely tight feeling and it hurts to laugh, cry, cough, sneeze etc. Still worth all the pain.
I would highly recommend that you be in good physical shape prior to this surgery. Cardio and weight training prior to this will really help you. You will be using your leg and arm muscles after surgery and will be glad that they are strong.
My doctor told me that I did not need to wear the compression garment all of the time. This is good because it was really hurting me. I have gone for the last five days without wearing it at all and it does feel better. Drain number 1 came out two days after surgery and the second drain came out on day 9. Feels good to have those out. Not that they hurt but were a hassle for showering etc.
I am only taking extra strength Tylenol for the pain and that works pretty good. Once I am 14 days out I can start taking ibuprofen and I think that will work better for the pain and swelling. I do notice though that by mid day my swelling gets worst and I have to lay down and rest. I get a super tight feeling in the tummy and hips. But at least now I am able to stand up straight most of the time. Still get spasms in my lower back but he says that will improve.
Highly recommend that you rent a hospital bed for the first two weeks. This has been a lifesaver for getting in and out of bed. So glad I have it!
I will post pictures in the next day or two.
I am now 12 weeks post op and totally excited...
I am now 12 weeks post op and totally excited about my progress. It just gets better and better each week. I do still have swelling but that will take some more time. This entire experience has exceeded my expectations. I never thought I would be able to say at the age of 46 that I love my body these days. I have not been able to say that since before the birth of my son 18 years ago. So ladies...if you are having second thought about the TT procedure...DON'T. Just do it because you are worth it.
New Pictures - 16 weeks post OP and loving my...
New Pictures - 16 weeks post OP and loving my results. Thank you Dr. K! The Mederma cream is working like magic. I zoomed in as close as I could so you could really see how smooth the scar has become. Compared to the 10 week picture you can really see how much it has faded in the last 6 weeks. Try it ladies!!
October 12th I had my six month follow up appt...
October 12th I had my six month follow up appt yesterday with Dr. K and it want very well. I am so happy with my results and amazed at my changes. New pictures to follow this weekend. I continue to have some swelling by the middle of the afternoon but it is getting better. I have noticed this past week that my pubic area and hips have gone down a bit more. The pubic area is still a bit of a problem for me. I just hope it goes down more and isn't so puffy. He cleared me to start doing Ab work again. Although he wants me to take is a bit easy for the next six months. I am still amazed that six months have already passed. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself and would do it all over again if necessary. The first three months I would not have said that though. It has been a long haul and many ups and downs but still worth it. I have been on the roller coaster of emotions, to swell hell and back multiple times but made it through! On surgery day I was in a size 10 pants and now today I am in a size 6 petite. Never thought I would get back there again. I honestly thought those days were gone with my 20's. I still head to the size 16's when I go to the store. My brain is still thinking fat so I need to learn how to get past that and cope with the new me. Now that I am cleared to do Ab work again I went to my first Boot Camp class tonight at my gym...Holy mother of GOD! I think I am going to need a walker tomorrow morning to get on and off the toilet. My legs are screaming and I can hardly walk. I have been exercising since 6 weeks post op but no classes. I have an appt at 5:45 tomorrow night with my trainer so that he can start me on a modified Ab routine. I sure hope I can walk tomorrow..Eeks. For you ladies out there waiting for your surgery and just out of surgery please stay strong because this is all worth it.
Updated on November 20, 2010:
I have had several people ask to see my final results after the 70 pound weight loss, 76 inches, breast reduction and tummy tuck so I am posting pictures. My journey is finally complete and I am so happy I did all of this.
For those of you who are in the process of your journey just keep going and know you will get there. It is a long hard road and you will have good days and bad days but they will all be worth it.
Updated on December 23, 2010
I wanted to wish all of my ladies on RealSelf a very happy holiday season. Enjoy your families, rest and take care of yourself!
For those of you who are home recovering from your recent surgery just know that the pain and swelling will end and next year at this time you will be sporting that new and hot body! A year ago I never knew how happy I would be right now! It has all been worth it and I am so glad that I went through this process.
Stay warm and healthy and I look forward to chatting with all of you in the weeks/months to come.
Happy Holidays :) XXXXOOOO
Updated April 4, 2011
One year post op pictures
Updated July 24, 2011
Hello all of my beautiful ladies!
As you all know RealSelf and helping people is a passion of mine. I want to spread the word to as many as possible about our wonderful tummy tuck community. This is an amazing support group and I know we will continue to support and educate many others. So in order to do that I am asking for your help.
If you have found value on RealSelf and want to make it easier for others to find this information here are some ways you can help spread the word:
Use the social media tools on the left side of the page in the tummy tuck review section. Click on Google +1 and Facebook Like. You will need a Google account to do this but that is very easy to set up.
I thank you all and really appreciate your help:)
Please join me on our Facebook “All About Tummy Tucks” page where you will find interesting conversation and information.
You may also follow me on Twitter for some fun articles and blogs.
Hope to see your there!
Hey Ladies! Join me on a new feature we are rolling out on RealSelf. A live tummy tuck chat room:)
I will host a live chat on the following dates and times this week:
Thursday November 3rd, from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. central time
Saturday November 5th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. central time
Sunday November 6th, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. central time
Please join us for some good conversation along with tips and tricks for pre and post op.
Go to the Tummy Tuck Community and then under the "Overview" tab. This is where you will find the live chat area. The link will go live at the times listed above.
Updated December 6, 2011:
Bikinis, fun and sun in the Dominican Republic!
The hubby and I are heading out on a 12 day adventure vacation tomorrow morning. I freaked him out at told him it was an “All Nude” resort!!! Just kidding, no place to hide the tummy tuck scar there….LOL
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be 47 and wearing a bikini in public again. Thank goodness for tummy tucks, breast lifts and lipo. So is it wrong for 40 something’s to wear a bikini??
While I am gone there are some wonderful ladies who will take great care of you. I will be back on December 19th. So don’t panic when you don’t hear from me for a couple of weeks.
Happy Holidays to everyone:)
Updated July 18, 2012
I have not updated in a while so here goes. Still loving my results a little over two years post op and just last month started a new tattoo on my right side. Tummy is still flat and I have no regrets. Scar is awesome and I could not be any more happy. I am posting a picture of my tattoo. You will notice way down low the very faded looking scar. Hard to even see anymore. Thank you Palmer's and Bio Oil:)
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Turning 50 in two weeks and still happy with my results 4 years post op
Ladies you have been asking for an update and new pictures so here we go. Next month will be 4 years since my surgery and I am still loving the results. It takes continued work but so worth it. The key is diet and exercise for maintenance.